Italy (Emilia Romagna) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable in force from 12 June 2022. Although the timetable is shown as valid until 10 December 2022, most long-distance services are shown as operating only until September. Such trains are not indicated by note 'D' (for a service only running on certain dates), because it is a reasonable expectation that their period of operation will be extended or a similar service is provided instead. It is assumed that the timetable will continue to be updated and reissued regularly, as has been the case since summer 2020. Users are recommended to check the Trenitalia website to ensure they are using the latest version of the timetable.

Table numbers quoted here are from In Treno Tutt'Italia, the official Trenitalia timetable. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Italy) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "S+W", or in italic, refer to Atlante ferroviaro d'Italia e Slovenia by Schweers + Wall.

Two useful symbols exist which show the booked route for trains not calling at a station: in the middle of the train column, a vertical bar "|" means that the train passes through the station without stopping, whereas a dot "." means that the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route.

Obscure services

Bivio Piacenza Ovest – Piacenza (P.M. Piacenza Ovest)

[45] (156C5, 52D3) IT20/71

Most high-speed trains calling at Piacenza run via the old main line (Linea Tradizionale). The following use the connection north of Piacenza between the Linea AV/AC and the Linea Tradizionale.

FA8823 17:50 Milano Centrale - Pescara Centrale
FA8825 18:50 Milano Centrale - Ancona
FA8829 19:50 Milano Centrale - Rimini/Ancona
FA8802 Ancona - 08:33 Piacenza - Milano Centrale
FA8804 Ancona - 09:36 Piacenza - Milano Centrale
D1 FR9330 Roma Termini - 23:41 Piacenza - Milano Centrale

D1: Runs 40 minutes later on 29 and 30 August 2020.

This connection is also used by the following trains on 22 to 24 September southbound and 22 and 23 September 2020 northbound.

D TWThO FA35835 10:45 Milano Centrale - Taranto
D TWThO FA35891 11:52 Milano Centrale - Lecce
D TWThO FA35837 13:53 Milano Centrale - Lecce
D TWThO FA35843 15:50 Milano Centrale - Bari Centrale
D TWO FA35852 Pescara - 10:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
D TWO FA35856 Bari Centrale - 12:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
D TWO FA35862 Lecce - 16:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
D TWO FA35864 Taranto - 17:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
D TWO FA35866 Lecce - 18:07 Parma - Milano Centrale

Bivio Fidenza Ovest - Fidenza

[45] (156C5, 48A1) IT20/72

This connection between Linea AV/AC and the Cremona to Fidenza line first gained a passenger service in December 2019. It enables trains to use the Linea AV/AC between Milano and Fidenza and Parma.

FA8807/8865 11:05 Milano Centrale - Taranto
FA8809/8889 12:05 Milano Centrale - Lecce
FA8813 14:05 Milano Centrale - Lecce
FA8819 16:05 Milano Centrale - Bari Centrale
FA8806 Pescara Centrale - 10:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8810 Bari Centrale - 12:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8818 Lecce - 16:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8820/8868 Taranto - 17:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8824/8886 Lecce - 18:07 Parma - Milano Centrale

This connection is not used by southbound trains on 22 to 24 September and by northbound trains on 22 and 23 September 2020.

Bivio Castelfranco Est: Castelfranco Emilia - Bologna Centrale

[45] (157B4, 48A1) IT20/73

Most high-speed trains beween Modena and Bologna are to and from the Ancona line, so use the ground-level platforms at Bologna Centrale. The following use the connections between the Linea Tradizionale and Linea AV/AC at Castelfranco Est, in order to use the low-level platforms and call at Modena.

FR9503 Milano Centrale - 07:41 Modena - Roma Termini
FR9330 Roma Termini - 22:18 Bologna Centrale - Milano Centrale

Bologna S Viola - Bologna Centrale - Bologna S Ruffillo - Bivio Emilia

[45,46] (156B5-156C4, 144B3-144C4, not shown in full) IT20/74

High-speed trains via Bologna Centrale use the low-level platforms, except those to and from the Ancona line, which has no connection to the low-level.

Bologna Corticella (Bivio Navile) - Bologna Centrale (Bivio Venezia)

[55] (156B5, 144C2-144B3, shown as under construction) IT20/75

High-speed trains beween Padova and Bologna Centrale use this newly-constructed line, which came into use in December 2017, to access the low level platforms at Bologna Centrale.

Routes used occasionally for diversions

Bologna Cintura

(156B5-156C5, 144A2-144C3) IT20/79

The Bologna Cintura runs round the north and east of the city, avoiding Bologna Centrale, with connections to all main lines. Long-distance trains are occasionally diverted via the Cintura and this is indicated by omission of a usual stop at Bologna Centrale. No diversions are expected during 2020.

See also